The Board of Education recognizes that assessment is an integral component of teaching and learning and that it provides decision makers, including teachers, parents/guardians, students, administrators, and Board of Education members with the information they need to monitor and advance student, teacher, school, and district progress.
Specifically, our system-wide assessment program, combined with standardized tests, provides the following information:
- Classroom: To inform instruction and provide data to assist teachers to make informed instructional decisions, plans, and changes regarding classroom instruction for individuals and classrooms; to provide feedback to students and parents about their children’s progress
- School: To monitor progress across classrooms and programs; to provide indicators of the progress of classrooms and schools toward the established goals; to inform the public of the schools’ progress toward district goals
- District/Community: To provide information over time to assist in making changes to instructional programs, policies, or practices to help all children to succeed; to provide data related to Board of Education goals and district indicators of progress.
Other guiding principles related to assessment include:
- The results of all assessments will be carefully reviewed to better meet the needs of students in attaining their learning goals.
- The administration will design assessments that contribute to the learning process.
- The district’s assessment expectations, approach, and tools will be reviewed and evaluated periodically to ensure consistency with instructional best practice and compliance with all relevant state and federal laws.
- Locally and commercially developed assessments (including required statewide mastery assessments, as required by law) may be employed.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-14n Statewide mastery examination. Certification of mastery.
Limtations on use of test results. Examinations in
Accordance with Federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding.
Kindergarten assessment tool.
PL 107-110—Title I, 34 CFR Part 2000
Adopted: May 16, 1988
Revised: June 5, 2012
Please note that former policy #6340 (Testing Program) is now covered under policy #6341.